Medium m Medium davis margaret pig head  1 Medium m

Margaret Davis

office406D Sherzer
office hours

Winter, 2018

Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00-5:00

Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00-5:00 (By Appointment)

Fridays: 2:00-4:00 (on-line)

personal website

Artist Statement

A key characteristic of my work is the straightforward figure/ground relationship. The background, originally influenced by Etruscan and Roman wall paintings, now acts much like a chalkboard. A variety of systems and signs are developed in the background to support the subject and figures. Typically, the text draws from the sciences and coexists with the more mythical images. I am intrigued by how these various visual codes intertwine and overlap, and their geometric connection to the rectangle.

Content is the driving force for why I make images. Ideas behind the work are inspired by many sources. Key subjects of recent work are people carrying objects. I see them as going or leaving. A related subject is water levels, seen through graphic tables or literal blue washes implying water.

I am engage in representing the naturalized figure because on one level the viewer’s response is basic, in it derives primal empathy. The challenge is developing multiple layers to develop unique spaces and time in which the images exist. I am not interested in the figures existing in a genre scene but suspended from that. To borrow from a literary term and a group of writers I was originally influenced, I seek a magic realism.

To see examples of current work go to